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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 184 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PERRON (a French word meaning properly a "large stone," Ital. Petrone, from Lat. Petra, Fr. pierre, stone), in architecture, 1 term applied to a raised platform reached by steps in front of the entrance to a building. The grand flight of external steps entering the mansions of the medieval nobility or high officials was considered in itself a mark of jurisdiction, as it is said that sentence was there pronounced against criminals, who were afterwards executed at the foot of the steps—as at the Giant's Stairs of the Doge's palace at Venice.
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